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Burning Coal Theatre Company’s New Works series will present a staged reading of AGNES THE GIANT, a new play by Kelly Doyle, on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 7 pm at the Murphey School, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh, NC.  The reading is free to the public and tickets are only available at the door.


AGNES THE GIANT is a dark comedy about a girl who grows up believing she is a giant and must live her life stuck in a (tiny) house.  She has hopes and dreams for her life and her future, such as dancing with the Rockets at Radio City Music Hall, playing banjo, and becoming a concert pianist.  She also hopes for a nice boyfriend.  In a series of songs, videos, photography, podcasts, dance demonstrations, and journal entries, Agnes chronicles her imagined life, and when she is finally able to escape her prison, her life in the real world.


Kelly Doyle, a Raleigh-based playwright, holds a degree in playwriting from Brown University in Providence, RI.   She has had one play produced on Burning Coal’s mainstage, BLUE, in February, 2011.  Burning Coal has also presented staged readings of her plays HOLE (2009) and DIRT (2010).


Mark Sutch directed HAIR and the world premiere of Kelly Doyle’s BLUE at Burning Coal, where he is a company member. From 2000-2005, he served as Artistic Associate at Rhode Island’s Trinity Repertory Company, where he directed A CHRISTMAS CAROL, SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER, THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, and MACBETH. He teaches theatre at Davidson College, and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

For further information about this lecture or about Burning Coal Theatre Company, please contact managing director Simmie Kastner at 919.834.4001.

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Burning Coal Theatre Company is Raleigh’s small, professional theatre.  Burning Coal is an incorporated, non-profit [501 (c) (3)] organization. Burning Coal’s mission is to produce literate, visceral, affecting theatre that is experienced, not simply seen. Burning Coal produces explosive reexaminations of overlooked classic and modern plays, as well as new plays, whose themes and issues are of immediate concern to our audience, using the best local, national and international artists available. We work toward a theatre of high-energy performances and minimalist production values. The emphasis is on literate works that are felt and experienced viscerally, unlike more traditional linear plays, at which audiences are most often asked to observe without participating. Race and gender non-specific casting is an integral component of our perspective, as well as an international viewpoint.